Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Verizon will end unlimited data plans for new customers

The Huffington Post and AOL have run a detailed story today that Verizon will be ending unlimited data plans for new customers (beginning July 7, Mahler’s Birthday).  Apparently existing customers are not affected – much.  Usage over about 2G a month will start to get costlier.

But Verizon may also slow down or reduce image quality for very heavy users, even now.  The main Huffington link is here

There’s another account of the story on “All Things Digital” here, which tells customers to hurry.

I mainly use the MiFi secure card, particularly on the road. The main thing that can eat up data quotas is automatic updates. 

It's a little hard to see how this would affect browsing on cell phones when out and about, or even mobile blogging, or the importance of making blogs mobile-friendly.

I have not been able to get my Blackberry to show some mobile blogs and sites in proper mobile format, when these work on more modern phones.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

GOP would forbid FCC from using funds to enforce net neutrality

The GOP-controlled House is trying to push through a bill barring the Federal Communications Commission from using any of its funding to enforce rather weak network neutrality rules. Juliana Gruenwald reports this in the National Journal June 15, link here.

It’s not too likely the measure would get past the Senate.  But if it did, it could be a big problem for companies that are “subsidized” by neutrality. We need not mention any names.